Enjoy Free Movies in Bethesda
The 9th annual outdoor movie series returns to Bethesda’s Woodmont Triangle from July 23 – 27, at the corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues. Enjoy five nights of blockbuster hits. Show times begin at 9 p.m. A limited number of chairs will be provided and attendees are invited to bring their own lawn chairs. Admission is free.
Plenty of parking is available in the public parking garage located on Auburn Avenue. Short term parking on the bottom levels is $1 per hour. Long term parking on the top levels is $0.75 per hour. Meters require payment Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. Saturday parking is free.
Schedule of Movies
Tuesday, July 23 – The Princess Bride
Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, Peter Falk
Act III Communications; Directed by Rob Reiner
Rated PG; 98 minutes; 1987
A kindly grandfather sits down with his grandson and reads him a bedtime story, which comes alive as he reads. The story is a classic tale of love and adventure as the beautiful Buttercup is kidnapped and held against her will in order to marry the odious Prince Humperdinck, and Westley (her childhood beau, now returned as the Dread Pirate Roberts) attempts to save her. On the way he meets an accomplished swordsman and a huge, super strong giant, both of whom become his companions in his quest to rescue Buttercup.
Wednesday, July 24 – Rear Window
James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Thelma Ritter, Raymond Burr
Universal Pictures; Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
Rated PG; 112 minutes; 1954
Wheelchair-bound photojournalist L.B. Jeffries (James Stewart) and his beautiful fiancee Lisa Fremont (Grace Kelly) spy on their neighbors and then solve a brutal murder no one else believes occurred. Unavailable for more than 20 years, Hitchcock’s REAR WINDOW is an eloquently entertaining, exhilarating, and bittersweet film.
Thursday, July 25 – Back to the Future
Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd
Universal Pictures; Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Rated PG; 115 minutes; 1985
1980s teenager Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures and finds he must return things to the way they were, back to the future.
Friday, July 26 – The Hunger Games
Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth
Lionsgate; Directed by Gary Ross
Rated PG-13; 142 minutes; 2012
In a not-too-distant future, North America has collapsed, weakened by drought, fire, famine and war to be replaced by Panem, a country divided into the Capitol and 12 districts. Each year two young representatives from each district are selected by lottery to participate in The Hunger Games. Part entertainment, part brutal intimidation of the subjugated districts, the televised games are broadcast throughout Panem. The 24 participants are forced to eliminate their competitors, literally, with all citizens required to watch. When 16-year-old Katniss’ young sister, is selected as the mining district’s female representative, Katniss volunteers to take her place. She and her male counterpart Peeta, will be pitted against bigger, stronger representatives who have trained for this their whole lives.
Saturday, July 27 – Life of Pi
Tobey Maguire, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Sonu Sood, Suraj Sharma, Adil Hussain
20th Century Fox Film Corp; Directed by Ang Lee
Rated PG; 127 minutes; 2012
Based on the best-selling novel by Yann Martel, is a magical adventure story centering on Pi Patel, the precocious son of a zookeeper. Dwellers in Pondicherry, India, the family decides to move to Canada, hitching a ride on a huge freighter. After a shipwreck, Pi is found adrift in the Pacific Ocean on a 26-foot lifeboat with a zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker, all fighting for survival.